Curriculum Materials

Bring Glacier Bay to your classroom. Study otters, bears, underwater sound, halibut, the marine environment, crabs, seabirds, kelp forests, and more...

Browse Our Curriculum Materials

Results

Showing results 1-10 of 20

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Bears of Glacier Bay Lesson One: Name That Bear

    Mother black bear and cub on beach.

    *What are the differences between brown bears and black bears?
    *How does bear growth, development, and maturation compare to humans?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Seals of Glacier Bay Lesson One: Flipper Feet

    Harbor seals hauled out on a beach in Glacier Bay as the tide rises.

    *What characteristics distinguish seals from sea lions?
    *How can careful observation lead to a better understanding of an animal?
    *How are seals and sea lions similar and different? 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Humpback Whale Tale

    *How do scientists record and analyze underwater sounds?
    *What can scientists learn about whales by listening to their sounds in the sea?
    *How can this information help scientists in their efforts to protect whales and other marine animals?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Acoustics 2: Echolocation in Action

    Killer whales use sound to find their prey.

    Focus Questions:
    How do marine mammals use sound?
    What are the most common human-made sounds heard in the ocean?
    How might vessel noise affect the behavior (feeding, diving, respiration, resting) of marine mammals?
    Why is studying underwater acoustics important to the survival of marine mammals?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Acoustics 1: The World of Underwater Sound

    Harbor porpoise in Glacier Bay

    Students begin this investigation by watching the seven-minute video, "Underwater Acoustic Monitoring." Students discuss their reactions to the video and then listen to sound clips of ocean animals and human-made sounds. This will familiarize them with sounds commonly heard in the ocean. This investigation demonstrates how humans and marine mammals rely on sound for communication and even survival.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    marine mammals, underwater, ocean, acoustics, humpback whales, orca, alaska, marine biology, sound, Hearing, water
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Acoustics 3: On The Trail of a Whale

    Humpback Whale in Glacier Bay

    Students will learn that humpback whales make different vocalizations. They will
    discover how scientists can use technology to track whales by listening to their vocalizations. Students will engage in a role play activity that simulates the tracking of whales using hydrophones as they migrate between Alaska and Hawaii.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    marine mammals, Humpback whale, underwater, acoustics, vocalization, sound, tracking, migration, Glacier Bay National Park, whales, ocean, research, science
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Sea Otters in Glacier Bay

    Sea Otter in Glacier Bay

    Sea otters, once nearly eliminated by hunters, have made a spectacular comeback. Until recently, otters had not found their way into Glacier Bay. Now that has changed - presenting the National Park Service with a unique opportunity to understand more about the effect of the otters' return on the ecosystem.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Science Standards: A) Science as Inquiry, C) Life Science, F) Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, G) History & Nature of Science. Mathematics Standards: Data Analysis and Probability. Geography: Environment & Society
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Acoustics 2: Echolocation in Action

    Killer Whales depend on sound to find their food

    Students will engage in a listening game that simulates how killer whales use echolocation to find food in Glacier Bay. They will try to determine the location of nine sounds made from various locations around a circle ‹ in front, behind, or to the side of them. The data collectors will record the results and the class will analyze the data.  In the final round, students will be introduced to ambient noise to see how it affects the ability of the killer whales to locate their prey.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    orca, Humpback whale, marine biology, ecolocation, marine mammals, acoustics, underwater
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Seabirds of Glacier Bay

    Tufted Puffin

    This unit invites students to learn more about these important birds, especially those living in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. They will study the natural history of many of the seabirds of Glacier Bay, the habitats in which they live, and the pressures put on their lives by predators and humans.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives, History & Nature of Science, Data Analysis & Probability, Environment & Society, The Uses of Geography
  • A Park Ranger shows a plankton sample to a Junior Ranger.

    By exploring the coast of Resurrection Bay, students will learn about the formation of a fjord, the relationships within an estuary ecosystem, and the importance of conserving the biodiversity within Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Geology, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    ecosystems, Kenai Fjords Coast
1